Two Sleeps

Radio art work for broadcast (2015),  26:28

Commissioned by Radio Arts, UK for their Dreamlands series 2014-2015.

Premiered on Radiophrenia, CCA Gallery Glasgow, Scotland; and Resonance FM, London, April 2015.

In “Air and Dreams”, Gaston Bachelard writes of the transformational potential of dreams and reverie, where he posits dreams and psychic phenomena as being marked by verticality, by rising and falling, as life cannot be lived horizontally. Bachelard proposes an aerial imagination, with the potential for rising, ascent, and sublimation. The inevitable fall tends toward water, the subsequent ascent back into air, again and again.

I often have recurring dreams, where the scenography differs but the phenomena repeat: huge tidal waves pouring over a mountain, whales rising up in cavernous pools underground, or I have an experience of flying which is most like doing the breaststroke in the air, sometimes achieved by falling and not landing, but floating before ascending. The logic of dreams is immune to paradox, and effortlessly warps one scene into another. Two Sleeps offers two elements, a dream of air and and a dream of water, and my nocturnal efforts at verticality, falling and rising.

Recorded in Toronto, Berlin, Ljubljana, Jerusalem,  Gdansk, Vienna, and Seydisfjördur. Composed by Anna Friz at Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland.